My name is Emily Washines, MPA and scholar. I am an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation with Cree and Skokomish lineage.
I founded Native Friends. This company is a Native lifestyle empowerment brand with a focus on history and culture. Building understanding and support for Native Americans is in my films, writing, speaking, and exhibits. I speak Ichiskiin (Yakama language) and other Native languages. I consider myself a life-long language and culture learner. I hope to share that with you. I live on the Yakama reservation with my husband and three children.
I am the former Miss Yakama Nation, Miss National Congress of American Indians, and 1st Runner-Up for Miss Indian World. In 2018, Yakima Herald-Republic listed me as Top 39 under 39.
- Master of Public Administration I The Evergreen State College
- Bachelor of Science in Public Policy & Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor:
Economics I Central Washington University
About Native Friends
A Native lifestyle empowerment brand with a focus on language, history, and culture. Native Friends gives information to inspire conversations with families, tribes, and communities. Native Friends travels to speak on topics including: Food Sovereignty, First Foods, Treaty Rights, Fishing Rights, Women's Rights, Climate Change, Riparian and Wetland Restoration and Native History. We have community organizing with a specialization in Native American policy and communication. Initiatives include Treaty Leaders! Supporting tribal members in treaty rights, Yakama War: Searching for Descendants of Yakama War, Native American Language Revitalization, and Return of Wapato: Traditional Food. Native Friends publishes a blog and short videos.
What if you're not a tribal member?
That is okay. You are welcome here too. I have often been the only Native in a room or the only one people knew and I will help your understanding of Native values and history. Also, others can support Native goals.
What is the purpose?
We can each be helpful to the world around us. I'm here to give insight into Native American life. Sometimes, I talk about federal policy. Native Americans face misconceptions about who we are. This means that while we navigate our own cultural identity, we explain and represent who Natives are...all 500+ tribes. That's a lot of weight and information to expect someone to carry. I set out to build a reference I wished I had growing up.
Believing in someone is important.
A good part of why I am here is because others believed in me or one of my random ideas. Remember, I believe in your awesomeness too. A lot of my emails start with, "I'm trying to learn/teach..." If you have a request or question please send it my way.
The range is sometimes serious, sometimes silly. Please know that I approach this carefully, with a lot of caffeine and thought.
Why this may not be a good fit for some:
- We respect the oldest data set in North America (oral history, elders, traditional knowledge, etc.)
- We respect food sovereignty and the people that uphold those rights (Treaty Rights, Fish Wars, First Foods, etc)
Whew, that's a little intense, but it's good to be clear.
Next step: Are you in?
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For additional Reference:
- Enduring Legacies Native Case Studies. (2010). "Natural Restoration and Cultural Knowledge of the Yakama Nation," co-authored with Jerry Peltier. Olympia, WA: The Evergreen State College
- Center for Indigenous Studies. (July 2003). “Indigenous Rights, Water, and Development: The Skokomish and the Yakamas” co-authored with Stefanie D. Wickstrom and Rex Wirth. Temuco, Chile: University of the Frontier
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2002). Conference proceedings of Third National Conference on Women 2001: SAMHSA Report to Congress: Rockville, MD: SAMHSA